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The error now, which is become my crime,
And thou th' accuser. Thus it shall befall
Him who to worth in woman overtrusting
Lets her will rule; restraint she will not brook,
And left to herself, if evil thence ensue,
She first his weak indulgence will accuse.

Thus they in mutual accusation spent
The fruitless hours, but neither self-condemning.
And of their vain contest appear'd no end.

BOOK X

THE ASCLESI

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MEANWHILE the heinous and despiteful act
Of Satan done in paradise, and how
He in the serpent had perverted Eve,
Her husband she, to taste the fatal fruit,
Was known in heav'n; for what can scape the eye
Of God all-seeing, or deceive His heart
Omniscient, who, in all things wise and just,
Hinder'd not Satan to attempt the mind
Of man, with strength entire, and freewill arm’d,
Complete to have discover'd and repulsed
Whatever wiles of foe or seeming friend !
For still they knew, and ought to have still remember'd
The high injunction not to taste that fruit,
Whoever tempted; which they not obeying
Incurr'd, what could they less ? the penalty,
And, manifold in sin, deserved to fall.

Up into heav'n from paradise in haste
Th' angelic guards ascended, mute and sad

For man; for of his state by this they knew, Much wondering how the subtle fiend had stol'n Entrance unseen.

Soon as th' unwelcome news From earth arrived at heaven gate, displeased All were who heard ; dim sadness did not spare That time celestial visages, yet mix'd With pity, violated not their bliss. About the new-arrived in multitudes Th’ ethereal people ran, to hear and know How all befell: they towards the throne supreme Accountable made haste to make appear With righteous plea their utmost vigilance, And easily approved; when the most high Eternal Father from his secret cloud Amidst in thunder utter'd thus his voice.

Assembled angels, and ye powers return'd From unsuccessful charge, be not dismay'd, Nor troubled at these tidings from the earth, Which

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sincerest care could not prevent, Foretold so lately what would come to pass, When first this tempter cross'd the gulf from hell. I told ye then he should prevail and speed On his bad errand; man should be seduced And flatter'd out of all, believing lies Against his Maker; no decree of mine Concurring to necessitate his fall, Or touch with lightest moment of impulse His free will, to her own inclining left In even scaie. But fall’n he is, and now What rests, but that the mortal sentence pass On his transgression, death denounced that day, Which he presumes already vain and void, Because not yet inflicted, as he fear'd, By some immediate stroke; but soon shall find Forbearance no acquittance ere day end. Justice shall not return as bounty scorn'd. But whom send I to judge them ? whom but thee Vicegerent Son; to thee I have transferr'd ?

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1. St. John v. 22.

Emaz. Teszt: era rebel
Last de saisai
Vert cze

raz sagine
Vaso ni Mazz, tis dessa
B: Bezson asi Passarizar,
Asi sei Vatanga to jbize 3a 27

Sc scaze ide Paiba, asi cizz tiges
Torari ise riga bazi His gizi, co the Sca
Batai ir rooisi Dery; Fe
Pesiadect a His Faiba matest
Erres i, ai kas žtises anstad mi

Faida eternal, teise is to decree,
Vise both in hear'n api earth to do thy will
Sarzene, that thoa in de thy Son beloved
May's era rest sel pzased. I go to jodge
On earth these thy transgressors, but thoa know'st,
Whoever jodgei, the worst on me must light,
When time scall be; for so I undertook
Before thee, and not repenting this obtain
Of right, that I may mitigate their doom
On me derived; yet I shall temper so
Justice with mercy, as may illustrate most
Them fully satisfied, and thee appease.
Attendance none shall need, nor train, where none
Are to behold the judgment, but the judged,
Those two; the third best absent is condemn'd,
Convict by flight, and rebel to all law,
Conviction to the serpent none belongs.

Thus saying, from His radiant seat He rose Of high collateral glory: Him thrones and powers, Princedoms and dominations ministrant Accompanied to heaven gate, from whence Eden and all the coast in prospect lay. Down He descended straight; the speed of gods Time counts not, tho’ with swiftest minutes wing'd. Now was the sun in western cadence low? From noon, and gentle airs due at their hour To fan the earth now waked, and usher in

| Psalm lxxxv, 10.

2 Gen. iii. 8.

The ev’ning cool, when He from wrath more cool
Came, the mild Judge and Intercessor both,
To sentence man: the voice of God they heard
Now walking in the garden, by soft winds
Brought to their ears, while day declined, they heard,
And from His presence hid themselves among
The thickest trees, both man and wife, till God
Approaching thus to Adam call'd aloud.

Where art thou Adam,' wont with joy to meet
My coming seen far off ? I miss thee here;
Not pleased, thus entertain’d with solitude,
Where obvious duty erewhile appear'd unsought:
Or come I less conspicuous, or what change
Absents thee, or what chance detains ? Come forth.

He came, and with him Eve, more loth, though first To offend, discountenanced both, and discomposed. Love was not in their looks, either to God Or to each other, but apparent guilt, And shame, and perturbation, and despair, Anger, and obstinacy, and hate, and guile. Whence Adam, falt'ring long, thus answer'd brief.

I heard thee in the garden, and of thy voice Afraid, being naked, hid myself. To whom The gracious Judge without revile replied.

My voice thou oft hast heard, and hast not fear'd,
But still rejoiced; how is it now become
So dreadful to thee? that thou art naked, who
Hath told thee? hast thou eaten of the tree
Whereof I gave thee charge thou shouldst not eat ?

To whom thus Adam sore beset replied.
O heav'n! in evil strait this day I stand
Before my Judge, either to undergo
Myself the total crime, or to accuse
My other self, the partner of my life;
Whose failing, while her faith to me remains,
I should conceal, and not expose to blame
By my complaint; but strict necessity
Subdues me, and calamitous constraint,

1 Gen. iii, 9 and following verses.

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